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The General’s NFL Proclamations-Week 17

Big game for Big Ben in Pittsburgh.( photo courtesy of  www.rumorsandrants.com

It all comes down to the last week of the season. Some teams are playing for next season already while others are playing for positioning in the playoffs. Either way it goes, there will be some winners, some losers and some incredibly unpredictable things happen. With that being said, let’s jump right into Week 17’s General Proclamations.

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  1. Drew Brees will throw two interceptions in this game. With the way his season has gone, it may as well end with him making more bad decisions with the football. It seems as if Drew Brees is not himself this season along with a lot of other players on the New Orleans Saints team. Fitting end to a frustrating season for them.
  2. If Mark Ingram plays, he will have at least two rushing touchdowns versus the Bucs. This season has been one that showed some doubters of Ingram that he can play in this league. Look for him to cap off a strong season with his running in this game. And also look for him to get 100 yards rushing if he plays.
  3. The Saints defense will allow 300 yards passing to close out the season. This season has not been the best for the Saints defensively and it will end fittingly as it began: bad.

 

San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

  1. Phillip Rivers will throw three touchdown passes and have one interception versus the Chiefs. The gutsy veteran has been playing through a back injury and has been holding it together pretty well. I believe he finishes this season strong.
  2. Alex Smith is out this week vs thw Chargers with a lacerated spleen. The veteran will be replaced by young quarterback Chase Daniel. I believe Daniel will step up and do well for himself. I think 250 yards and two touchdowns is not too far-fetched for him in this game.
  3. The San Diego Chargers will have three sacks versus the Chiefs. The defensive front for the Chargers has been solid all season and I look for them to end the regular season on a high note.

 

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins

  1. The Jets will not have a 100 yard rusher in this game. Chris Ivory has ran the ball hard all year long, but splitting carriers with Chris Johnson dips into his productivity and will hinder him reaching 100 yards. And as far as Chris Johnson, he has not gotten many opportunities to make as much of an impact as was thought he could make, hence him not making it to 100 yards rushing.
  2. Ryan Tannehill will lead the Dolphins in rushing yards in addition to leading him in passing like he is supposed to. The athletic young quarterback has surprised some defenses with his athletic ability this season and I expect him to use that against the Jets to cause chaos on the perimeter.
  3. Geno Smith and Michael Vick will not be back as quarterbacks of the Jets. Both have had their opportunities to make something happen as the Jets quarterback and both have failed. I expect the Jets to go in a totally different direction following this game and this season.

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

  1. Philadelphia will have three rushing touchdowns by three different players. Of course Darren Sproles and LeSean McCoy will score one touchdown, but look for another player besides these two to show up on the rushing side of things. I would look for Chris Polk to score for the Eagles on the ground.
  2. Odell Beckham Jr. will continue to shine again the Eagles secondary. Look for Beckham Jr. to get a favorable matchup a couple of times against the likes of Cary Williams or Bradley Fletcher. And when he does, look for him to light them up. Beckham will score two touchdowns and have over 100 yards rushing.
  3. Eli Manning will close out the season with a strong game. Against the Eagles secondary, he should do well. They have been bad for a while now. Look for Eli to put up 300 yards passing and three touchdowns.

 

Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots

  1. Buffalo will have three sacks versus Tom Brady Sunday. The Bills have been one of the top sack teams in the NFL. I look for that to continue this game as they want to finish the season on a high note.
  2. Tom Brady will not throw for 200 yards in this game. The veteran quarterback has had a remarkable year ever since some began to shovel dirt on him because of his performance against the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this season. But even with that, the Bills defense will show up and play with pride. Combine that with their pass rush and there could be some problems for Brady on Sunday.
  3. Kyle Orton will not throw a touchdown pass in this game. The quarterback of the Bills has been uneven at best and I expect him to finish this season on a down note as he begins to look elsewhere for a job.

 

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens

  1. Cleveland will finish the year on a down note. There was so much optimism for the Browns at one point and time. But when the quarterback play became bad, the team went with it. And hence the end of their season is coming. Look for rookie Connor Shaw, who will be stepping in for an injured Brian Hoyer, to have two interceptions and throw for under 200 yards.
  2. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will throw for 300 yards and finish with three touchdowns. His performance versus the Texans was probably the worst of his career. I look for him to bounce back in a big way versus Cleveland to finish the regular season.
  3. Ravens running back Justin Forsett also had a rough one last week. He, like Flacco, will have a bounceback game versus the Browns. This one could get ugly with him getting 100 yards rushing and Flacco redeeming himself from last week.

 

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins

  1. Robert Griffin III will continue to build upon the games that he has stringed together the last few weeks. I look for him to have a turnover, but I believe that he will account for two touchdowns for the Redskins as well.
  2. Demarco Murray of the Cowboys will not play much this game. I understand the seeding is what the Cowboys are playing for, but you also have a running back that is not even that far removed from having minor hand surgery and has an injury history.
  3. The Dallas defense does not get a sack on RGIII. I know this is bold after watching RGIII for most of the season when he does play, but I believe the mobility of RGIII will cause some issues for the Cowboys, who do not have a great pass rush to begin with.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans

  1. Blake Bortles will whimper to the finish for this team. The rookie has had a rough season and it will not end on a good note due to the presence of JJ Watt on the other side of the ball for the Texans.
  2. Houston will not have anything going offensively besides their running game. With that being said, it is entirely possible that the Texans will have more rushing yards than passing yards. Houston, we could have a problem.
  3. Jacksonville will score only on field goals this game. The Jags problems at quarterback will prevent them from doing anything offensively of substance and consequently, that will make it tough for them to score any touchdowns.

 

Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans

  1. Andrew Luck will probably not play the whole game. Seeing that the Colts cannot realistically do much with the result of this game, I believe that they do what is necessary to be ready for the playoffs. With that being said, they have to have a healthy Luck to make their best run towards the Super Bowl. Keeping him healthy at all costs is the priority.
  2. Tight end Delanie Walker will have a 100 yard receiving game. The veteran tight end has been one of the few bright spots on an otherwise bland Tennessee Titans offense. Look for him to handle his business and have an excellent game.
  3. Adam Vinatieri will finish the season missing one field goal. It has been talked about that he has not missed any field goals this season. Well, that streak comes to an end on Sunday as he misses for the first time versus the Titans.

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings

  1. Quarterback Jay Cutler will be getting another start due to last week’s starter, Jimmy Clausen, being ruled out due to concussion issues. I expect him to have a decent game with 250 yards passing and two touchdown passes. I also expect him to throw at least one interception that keeps us scratching our heads.
  2. Matt Forte will have at least 8 receptions in this game. Arguably the most versatile back in the NFL, Forte will be big in the passing game in this one due to the absence of Brandon Marshall at receiver. He has had an excellent season catching the football out of the backfield and I look for Forte to close that aspect of his season out strong.
  3. Teddy Bridgewater has had an ok rookie season. I look for him to finish strong with 275 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. It would be good for him to gain a little more confidence going into the offseason and this game may be just the one to do it for him.

 

Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos

  1. Denver quarterback Peyton Manning will be completing his last regular season game in the NFL. I feel this could be it for Peyton after this season due to him wanting to go out now instead of continuing to come back and end up looking like Farve did at the end of his career. I think Manning has had a great career and he probably could play next season if he wanted to, but I just get the feeling that this is it for him.
  2. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will have one touchdown pass in this ball game. He has been very good for a rookie this season and I expect to continue to see some growth. However, he is going against some veterans in the Broncos secondary and they may have a lesson or two to teach him. I think along with the one touchdown pass, he will throw two interceptions.
  3. Neither team will have a 100 yard rusher. Denver’s running game has not been uneven since they have had to shuffle running backs behind Peyton and I believe that has hindered the Broncos running game. And with the Raiders, I look at it as they are not really too dangerous in the running game with the players that they have.

 

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons

  1. Whoever wins this game will win an opening round playoff game. This game, as crazy as it sounds, is for the division crown. The Carolina Panthers have a chance to repeat in the division while the Falcons have a chance to return to the postseason after missing it last year. I believe the team that wins will have a chip on their shoulder, as they will be expected to be blown out in the playoffs. And that will help play to their advantage, along with the fact that they will be at their home field as the champion of the NFC South division.
  2. Quarterback Cam Newton will rush for 80 yards and pass for about 200 along with throwing one touchdown and an interception. Cam has been battling injuries this season and has been pretty uneven in his performances. I expect him to give all he has, but we will see that he is just not the same guy as last season.
  3. Julio Jones will gain 150 yards through the air along with 2 touchdown passes. The former University of Alabama star has been lethal in the passing game at times this year and I expect him to come through in this clutch game for the Falcons.

 

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers

  1. It’s a big game and that means Golden Tate will show up. The veteran receiver the Lions picked up this offseason will come through for them with 100 yards receiving and one touchdown in this game.
  2. Aaron Rodgers will be performing surgery this week. I think Mr. Rodgers remembers his last performance against the Lions and wants to atone for that this week. He will have a little less than 300 yards along with three touchdown passes and one interception. Got to give the Lions credit with their defense, but the secondary can be had if given ample time to make it happen.
  3. The Packers will have more sacks than the Lions. The Lions are the team known to have the ferocious pass rush, but the Packers are not that bad in their own right. I believe Clay Matthews and company handle business against a Lions offensive line that will be missing its starting center due to suspension.

 

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers

  1. Frank Gore will not rush for 100 yards. In what could be his last game as a member of the 49ers, Gore will not get to go out in style to finish this regular season. Instead, he has to go against a stingy defense that does not let many things happen to them on the ground. He should be facing some tough sledding.
  2. The Cardinals passing game will be non-existent come Sunday. The Cardinals will be using either Ryan Lindley, Logan Thomas or a combination of both at quarterback on Sunday afternoon. That does not bode well for them due to the defense they are facing, which is one that has been good against the pass. It could be a long day for the Cardinals offensively.
  3. The Cardinals will score a special teams touchdown this week. Ted Ginn Jr. has been close a few times and what better way to score your first one as an Arizona Cardinal but against a team you played for a couple years ago. We could be seeing him streaking down the sidelines Sunday.

 

St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks

  1. The Seattle Seahawks will not be beaten by a trick play in this game. After the last game these two played, the Seahawks will be on high alert for any trick plays that Rams coach Jeff Fisher may have up his sleeve. And as a result, their special teams will be better prepared.
  2. Marshawn Lynch has been running very well the last few weeks and I don’t see that stopping against the Rams. Look for him to get in the neighborhood of 125 yards rushing and two touchdown runs.
  3. St. Louis Rams quarterback Shaun Hill will not throw an interceptions. Hill has been known to be careful with the football for the majority of his career. And as a result of that, I think he values the football this game enough to not help Seattle score points in a hurry against them.

 

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers

  1. Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown will have 150 yards receiving, a touchdown catch and a touchdown pass in this game. In one game this season, he threw and caught a touchdown pass and it is entirely possible that he strikes again this game versus the Steelers.
  2. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton will have 275 yards a touchdown pass and one interception. Dalton is a hard quarterback to read, but what has been consistent about him is the up and down play of him throughout the year. I think this game will be an average of both Good and Bad Andy.
  3. The Steelers will have four sacks total as a team. As crazy as that sounds, I think it could happen because the Steelers play a 3-4 defense and people can come from anywhere. Along with people coming from anywhere, Dalton does not get the football out of his hands quickly on offense and that eventually leads to more issues for the Bengals.

 

The last week of the regular season is upon us and plenty still have a lot to play for. It should be yet another exciting week of NFL action as teams try to either move in or fall out of the playoff picture. The proclamations have been made and the General has spoken.

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